Friday, February 12, 2010
This morning we arrived in Parintins. This is a new port for us because the last time we came up the Amazon we bypassed this port. Parintins is famous for its Boi Bumba celebration in June. It is the largest celebration in Brazil after the Carnival in Rio. The Boi Bumba is a samba competition between several teams representing either the blue or the red groups. We will see a demonstration of this on our way back. It is funny to see coke signs both in red and blue. We tendered in to this port and after looking into several shops we decided to take a tricycle ride which is a popular mode of transportation here instead of taxis. We paid ten dollars for an hour ride and a great ride it was. I am not sure that I have ever seen so many scooters. Probably a hundred to every car that we seen. I was quite a sight when a school was letting out and moms were there with scooters picking up their kids and putting up to two of them right behind them. Everybody rode them, young, old, male and female. Tomorrow, Manaus.